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Display issues on my laptop

My new laptop works perfectly except for the screen. At boot, the contrast is almost grey. On certain colors/wavelengths(?), there seem to be tiny pixels gyrating, almost like snow on old-fashioned TVs, but much smaller. It's nonetheless distracting. What settings do I change? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Aug 10, 2014 - 1 answer

Windows 7 (x64) freezes during file transfer between disks

My Windows 7 PC (HP H8-1300z) has been working quite fine for the past 2 years but it recently began acting up and I can't figure out why. Everytime I attempt to do a copy/paste (backup) with large volume of folders from one drive to another (external) the PC freezes. The fan also randomly goes crazy for a minute or two and then stops. [more inside]
posted by bostonhill on Jan 26, 2014 - 6 answers

336 Hours of Looking at the Floor

My mother will undergo eye surgery soon and her recovery involves at least two weeks of keeping her head tilted forward, even when she's sleeping. Please help me help her through this time. [more inside]
posted by therewolf on Nov 14, 2013 - 15 answers

Can't get ATI/AMD 7970 to work with a 2nd video card in the computer.

I am trying to upgrade my computer (Intel DP55WG motherboard, Windows 7 64 bit) from two ATI/AMD Radeon HD 6950 video cards to two Radeon HD 7970 cards. When I install either of the 7970 cards along with any other card (the other 7970 or either of my 6950s), only one card is able to start in Windows. The other card does not provide video output, and it has an exclamation icon in the device manager with the text "This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use. If you want to use this device, you will need to disable one of the other devices on this system. (Code 12)" Do you have any idea why this is happening or how I might be able to fix it? More details and a list of things I have already tried inside. [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Apr 22, 2013 - 9 answers

What kind of a name is ZaReason anyway?

What kind of power supply (and cooling system) should I get for a tower with an 8-core processor? [more inside]
posted by Yesterday's camel on Aug 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me pick a new computer

Processor and general build quality question: Should I buy a Samsung Series 3 305V5A-T04AU Notebook or HP Pavilion dv6-6B00TU Notebook? [more inside]
posted by man down under on Jun 20, 2012 - 5 answers

What is the best graphics card for a 300W PSU?

I'm looking to beef up the graphics card on my Shuttle XPC but I'm limited to a 300W power supply, a single slot PCI-Express and a budget of under £100 (~$160). What cards would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Jan 3, 2012 - 9 answers

ATI Display Driver playing hide and seek

Help me stop Windows Updates from breaking my display driver software. Windows Vista, ATI Radeon X1270. I've already tried lots of fixes and only one worked, but it happened again after the most recent rounds of updates. [more inside]
posted by soelo on Nov 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Change or stay the same? The future of very personal computing

I have a well aged Dell e1505. I'm thinking about upgrading to a 11.6"/12.1" sized AMD Fusion based netbook. Performance-wise, will I suffer a setback, be about equal, or ahead of my Dell? [more inside]
posted by bionic.junkie on Jul 17, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me navigate the labyrinth of deceptive GPU names!

It's that time of year again - the great new pc games have started rolling out and last year's hotness will not cut it. I currently have a Radeon 5850 - Would you upgrade by getting a second card and running them in Crossfire, or would a slick, new, confusingly-named, single card be a better investment? [more inside]
posted by phylum sinter on May 19, 2011 - 11 answers

SP3 installation worries

I've decided to install SP3 on my Windows XP Home version computer. But I've read horror stories about installing on an AMD machine. [more inside]
posted by bryon on Jul 8, 2010 - 12 answers

Old computer upgrade...

Decrepit PC RAM question - I am trying to figure out what kind of SDRAM is supported by my K7VZA Rev 1.0 motherboard. [more inside]
posted by mzurer on May 18, 2009 - 5 answers

QL-60? T3200? Laptop processors make no sense!

Yet another laptop question - somebody please explain the difference between the processors for me? [more inside]
posted by antifuse on Dec 28, 2008 - 8 answers

AMD vs Intel

AMD or Intel? (2008 Edition) [more inside]
posted by edbyford on Jul 10, 2008 - 17 answers

Building a system on the new AMD 780G chipset....video question...

I’m building my first desktop system in many many years now and getting back up to speed on all the hot topics is taking a while. I’m leaning towards getting the GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H which is based on the 780G northbridge so it has the integrated graphics with the hybrid crossfire feature (and also is miniATX size and has audio optical out, HDMI…). Review here and here continued... [more inside]
posted by joshgray on Mar 11, 2008 - 4 answers

What is slowing my connection speed?

I have a machine running Windows 98 SE on a cable internet connection. Why am I recently getting connection speeds of 91 kbps (or less!)? (Measured at CNET's Bandwidth Meter) [more inside]
posted by jaronson on Feb 24, 2008 - 4 answers

6400 "Black Edition" the end of the line?

I have a Dell Inspiron 531 desktop that came with an Athlon X2 64 5600+ processor. I have heard that the last in this line of processors (and the last socket AM2) will be the 6400 - did I lock myself into a dead-end CPU upgrade path? Or will I be able to upgrade in the future to AMD's next line of processors, whatever it is?
posted by nervestaple on Oct 23, 2007 - 3 answers

Burn baby!

Will I fry this chip? [more inside]
posted by zackola on Oct 18, 2007 - 10 answers

How do I run an XP3200+ at its rated speed?!

How do I run my AMD Athlon XP 3200+ at the actual rated speed and not have it overheat ridiculously? [more inside]
posted by 6am on Aug 23, 2007 - 13 answers

Which CPU to extend the life of a AMD 939 Socket Motherboard?

Upgrading AMD Processor for 939 motherboard. Athlon 64 X2 4200+ or Opteron 170? [more inside]
posted by zaphod on Aug 21, 2007 - 11 answers

64-bit n00b, doesn't want to be a b00b.

Getting new laptop with x64 processor...should I get 32-bit Vista, or 64-bit? Does it matter? How about 64-bit XP? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on May 3, 2007 - 9 answers

Energy efficient microprocessors for PCs?

What are the most energy-efficient microprocessors currently available in mass-market PCs/laptops? [more inside]
posted by nyterrant on Apr 12, 2007 - 5 answers

Why so many interrupts.

I'm seeing a large number of interrupts on one processor of an AMD Opteron SMP system. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Sep 23, 2006 - 12 answers

Where to find benchmarks between Core 2 Duo and Turion 64 X2?

Where can i find benchmarks between AMD Turion 64 X2 and the Intel Core duo / Core 2 duo? [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji on Aug 20, 2006 - 2 answers

AMD or Intel, Now or later?

I'm trying to choose a new processor, and don't know which one to buy. [more inside]
posted by tdreyer1 on Jun 8, 2006 - 22 answers

Help me navigate the mess of computer processor names.

I'm somewhat of a professional computer guy but even I am totally mystified by the current state of Intel and AMD processors. Can someone hip to the latest explain why chips are suddenly only going 1.8Ghz again, which chips from Intel are powerful enough for HD playback, and what, if any, good a 64 bit processor does for today? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Feb 28, 2006 - 23 answers

Can AMD Motherboard be powered by G3 powersupply?

Here's a technical question. Will this motherboard work with a G3 (Mac) power supply? Gigabyte GA-6VTXD Also in the motherboard is an AMD Athlon 900Mhz. Is that fast? What's the comparison to Intel chips? I've never really understood the conversion. I thought it would be neat to use an old, unwanted G3 case for something like this. [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza on Jan 21, 2006 - 8 answers

Looking for a new AMD motherboard with good Linux support.

Please recommend a motherboard for an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core processor that is completely supported by Linux. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jan 3, 2006 - 5 answers

AMD or Intel?

To get the best performance per dollar, do I want an Intel Pentium D or an AMD Athlon 64 X2 for my new DB+Compute server? [more inside]
posted by b1tr0t on Nov 14, 2005 - 18 answers

Is my CPU dead?

While in the middle of doing my taxes the other day, my monitor went to displaying a weird character over and over over the entire screen. The computer wouldn't respond at all, so I shut it off manually via the power switch on the back. Since then, whenever I've attempted to start it up, the fans come on, the hard drive clicks a couple times, as usual, and then nothing. The fans keep whirring but there's no beep, no usual startup process, and nothing ever gets displayed to the monitor. [more inside]
posted by DyRE on Apr 16, 2005 - 3 answers

Are AMD CPUs prone to overheating?

Are AMD CPUs prone to overheating? [more inside]
posted by knave on Jan 30, 2005 - 26 answers

Great CPU, or the greatest cpu?

AMD or Intel? I'm calling on the collective to abandon corporate loyalties and reveal unto me a true assessment. Even the mighty Tom has no clear answer. For the home-user who wants to avoid obsolescence for the next 18 months, which of these two companies' processing products offers the best bang for my buck? Or more specifically, for my $180 or less? [MI] [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand on May 4, 2004 - 13 answers

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